taking our soldiers for granted

19 06 2006

There’s a lot of media frenzy over the “war” in Iraq these days, perhaps more than there should be.  I know there’s good reasoning on both sides of whether we should be there or not.  And people have a right to their opinions.  But I do think some people don’t understand that sometimes war is necessary, and the loss of soldiers is part of that.  That’s certainly sad, and while it may not seem fair, it certainly wouldn’t seem fair if our country was taken over and we lost our freedom.  It may seem extreme right now to think that our country could ever be taken over and our freedom revoked, but it could happen.  And that’s a large part of why we fight — for our freedom.

The way some people in the media talk it sounds like we should never be involved in any type of war, but such actions would mean we wouldn’t have our freedom now.  (Do they not teach that in schools anymore?  Or has our culture declared history irrelevant?)

Anyway, I thought of all this when I read this quote :

It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.  It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.  It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.  It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag. ~ Father Denis Edward O’Brien, USMC

May we not forget the sacrifices that were made for our freedom, and may we not take it for granted…

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